The greatness of Nerello Mascalese – 2014 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso

It’s a rare thing to come across a wine as wonderful as this. Perhaps it’s even more rare then that this is a producer’s ‘base’ wine. I’d opened a bottle, and was able to take my time with it over three nights. The journey was magical, and more than I could have imagined. It would…

Winegrowing on Etna Mountain (Sicily Part 5)

The drive from Ortigia to Randazzo is not too bad at all. In fact, it’s kind of fun at times, with all of its narrow, winding roads that go up and up for the better part of an hour. Just past the midway point, is this crazy-big place called Etna Land. Kind of strange, this…

In the (wine) heart of Sicilia, Etna mountain

It’s been many days since my last post (I’ve had virtually no WiFi, even though everyone’s advertised they had it). A great many things have gone bad, but still, the good outweighs the bad. It’s nearly 17,30hrs now, and soon the sun will set upon this little village of Randazzo, a vibrant place, full of…